About WellSpring

WellSpring offers resources that help you discover afresh how deeply and personally you are loved by God.

We teach practical ways to create space to engage with God so that personal transformation can happen. And from this connectedness with God, to come alive to the always-available presence of Christ inviting you to reach out in love to our hurting world.

Our SoulCARE ministry helps pastors and leaders of nonprofits care for their spiritual and emotional health.

Leaders thrive when they experience authentic, connected life with God. Healthy leaders cultivate healthy churches and ministries that bless their communities.

Our Resources

SEASONAL RETREATS

Join us for a half day retreat on the Peninsula or in the East Bay. Biblical, experiential, and seasonally themed, these retreats engage practices that will help enliven your life with God.

PODCAST

Join us for thoughtful conversations about our inner life and the care of souls – ours and others.

PORTABLE RETREATS

Designed for individuals or small groups, our downloadable retreats guide you into conversation with God, engaging topics with prayer prompts and ideas for reflection.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION GROUPS

Meet with a small community of learners committed to growing and practicing spiritual rhythms together.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Meet individually with a Spiritual Director who will help you learn to notice God's presence in your life.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS

An intensive individual or small group experience inviting growth in prayer as participants pay attention to ways God is active and present in their lives and in the world around them.

SoulCARE

SoulCARE is a nine-month retreat based experience bringing renewal and flourishing to pastors and nonprofit leaders.

We provide a place, a process, a curriculum, and a community where leaders can nurture their life with God. SoulCARE is offered to an intentionally small cohort of leaders each year and space is limited. There is no cost to participants. SoulCARE is offered without charge, as a metaphor and expression of God’s love.

SoulCARE Alumni

Pastors and ministry leaders who complete SoulCARE become part of our alumni community coming together for support and to extend their formational experiences into their ministry communities.

We offer refresher retreats, small groups experiences, and individual spiritual direction all designed to help our alumni sustain rhythms and spiritual practices that nurture life with God and transform their communities.

SoulCARE

SoulCARE is a nine-month retreat based experience bringing renewal and flourishing to pastors and nonprofit leaders.

We provide a place, a process, a curriculum, and a community where leaders can nurture their life with God. SoulCARE is offered to an intentionally small cohort of leaders each year and space is limited. There is no cost to participants. SoulCARE is offered without charge, as a metaphor and expression of God’s love.

SoulCARE Alumni

Pastors and ministry leaders who complete SoulCARE become part of our alumni community coming together for support and to extend their formational experiences into their ministry communities.

We offer refresher retreats, small groups experiences, and individual spiritual direction all designed to help our alumni sustain rhythms and spiritual practices that nurture life with God and transform their communities.

Our Story

In 1994, Patti Pierce established WellSpring (formerly Women at the Well) out of her experience seeing God use silence and solitude to bring spiritual transformation in her life. Her own struggle to find a relevant, practical process for building and sustaining an authentic relationship with Jesus led her to offer guidance to others.

A team formed around her and together they dreamed of creating more extensive resources to help not only individual Christians, but also leaders, who were longing to experience the “abundant life” Jesus promised in John 10:10. A life full of joy, contentment, and freedom in the midst of service. A life marked by transformation and wholeness. A life lived in authentic and rich communion with God. And fruitfulness and longevity in ministry.

Over the ensuing years, WellSpring helped thousands of people rediscover God’s personal and transformational love, and to live lives shaped by ongoing communion with God.  Over 342 pastors and nonprofit leaders representing 155 churches, and 101 nonprofits throughout the Bay Area and beyond have experienced renewal through SoulCARE.  In 2017 we formed a partnership with a kindred organization in Colorado called The Abbey, that provides soul care to ministry leaders in the Denver area.

Meet the People of WellSpring

Staff Team Members

PATTI PIERCE founded WellSpring in 1994 and serves as President. Prior to launching the ministry, formerly called Women at the Well, Patti served as a Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship and was Minister to Singles at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Patti has a certificate in spiritual direction from the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific and developed and taught a DMin program in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Seminary. Patti is a frequent speaker at  conferences and retreats. She is a part of the SoulCARE Leadership team and leads retreats and small groups.

TERI O’NEEL is the Executive Director of WellSpring and a member of the founding board of directors. She comes from a business career in technology and was a principal of a marketing consulting firm she co-founded serving start-up and global technology companies. Teri was trained as a spiritual director at The Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific and developed and taught a DMin program in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Seminary.  She is on the SoulCARE leadership team and leads retreats and small groups.

RICHARD GOTTHARDT is a Senior Partner of WellSpring and a former SoulCARE participant.  Richard has been a pastor for over 28 years, serving churches in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona and Santa Cruz, California. Most recently he served on staff at Santa Cruz Bible Church, the last 5 years as Lead Pastor. He completed his training as a Spiritual Director at CenterQuest. Richard is on the SoulCARE leadership team and leads retreats and small groups.  He works extensively with our alumni community and is the voice of WellSpring on our podcast.

CAROLINE SAGHERIAN is our Office Manager, bookkeeper, and helps host retreats and our SoulCARE ministry. Caroline’s background is in English and Communications which she used extensively in both professional and volunteer capacities before joining WellSpring. She is a committed volunteer in her church community and a kind and caring presence in our office. Caroline is the voice that answers your phone call and the person responding to your emails to our office.

DANIEL DONAHOE is our Director of Development focused on building partnerships with the community that supports our ministry.  Prior to joining WellSpring, Daniel had a career in the wine industry, co-founding Free-Flow Wines and serving as Chairman of the Board.  Daniel runs a family vineyard in Sonoma County, cultivating grapes for top wine makers in the area.  Daniel experienced pastor burnout as a young Christian when he watched his mentor struggle and eventually leave ministry.  He is committed to helping Christian leaders flourish in ministry over the long-term.

SoulCARE Team

PAUL DUMESNIL had a career in the financial services industry before joining the pastoral team at South Hills Community Church in San Jose for five years. He holds a Diploma from the Spiritual Direction Program at San Francisco Theological Seminary and is a leader on the SoulCARE team.

RUSS IKEDA, D.Min. in Spiritual Formation is Director of Emmaus Ministries of Silicon Valley, a mentoring ministry to pastors and marketplace leaders. He is a member of the SoulCARE leadership team and a trained spiritual director. Russ served as Associate Pastor at Saratoga Federated Church for 21 years.

JOHN HANNEMAN served as pastor at Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino for 34 years, working with singles, and developing a longterm interest in spiritual formation.  Recently retired from pastoral responsibilities, John joined the SoulCARE team in 2017 where he pursues his passion for encouraging younger pastors to grow in their spiritual lives.

Ministry Team

SARAH HARNETT is a credentialed spiritual director through the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and leads WellSpring retreats and small groups, including Ignatian Spirituality groups. Sarah was on the founding board of WellSpring where she has served continuously ever since. She also serves on the SoulCARE leadership team.

MIKE BROCK is Chief Strategy Officer at Transforming the Bay with Christ and a SoulCARE alum. Mike is an influential leader known for his strong commitment to inspiring life and community transformation in the areas of social justice and faith. He encourages faith leaders to engage in robust solutions for their cities most pressing issues. Mike serves on our Board of Directors.

PATTY MARTIN received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and received her training in spiritual direction from Azusa Pacific University. She received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Renovare Institute. Patty is on the WellSpring board, leads small groups and is a spiritual director.

RALPH HARNETT is our Board Chair and leads spiritual formation small groups. He has had broad international experience as a board member of Dyno Nobel, Ensign Bickford, and Applied Food Biotechnology focusing on strategic partnering and acquisitions. He is the retired CEO of Ensign Bickford Industries and a former senior executive of Raychem Corporation.

JAKE CHACKO is on our Board of Directors and is a SoulCARE alum. He comes from a career in the marketplace holding executive positions in product management, business development and engineering at a variety of companies including Avaya, Cisco and WebDialogs, which he founded. Jake recently served as Operations Head at Menlo Church. Currently Jake runs Chacko Consulting Services and is writing a book called Leading from the Middle.

KEN PEREZ serves on our Board of Directors and is a SoulCARE alum. Ken comes from a career in business, working in a variety of roles for technology companies. Currently, he serves as the vice president of healthcare policy in the strategy and business development group of Omnicell. Ken has served on the boards of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Jesus Institute, and Langham USA, and as an elder for Menlo Church. He currently serves on the board of the Lowell Berry Foundation, the Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program and as an elder at New Community Church. He and his wife enjoy ministering to the residents of a local homeless shelter and as Marriage Mentors in their church.

EFF MARTIN is a private investor and a founding partner of Anthos Capital. He is deeply engaged in Christian spiritual formation ministries including discipling, teaching and leading retreats for men’s groups. Eff leads a men’s spiritual formation group for WellSpring.

JANET PEREZ leads individuals as well as small groups through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She comes from an education background, teaching kindergarten, first grade and special needs elementary school children. She earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from both Azusa Pacific University and from Mercy Center and has received advanced training in leading the Exercises. Janet helps oversee the spiritual direction ministry at WellSpring.

PATTI YUKAWA received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction at the Mercy Center as well as a Certificate in Enneagram Training. She has Masters degrees in Counseling and Social Welfare. In addition to offering spiritual direction, she has served as a college counselor and instructor, a social worker, and a ministry coordinator at a local church.  Patti leads spiritual formation small groups and workshops and helps oversee the spiritual direction ministry at WellSpring.

DIANE SCHOUTEN received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary in Chicago. She served as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship many of her adult years. She leads WellSpring group spiritual direction and contemplative listening groups.

JUDY BEGGS received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mercy Center in Burlingame and offers individual and group spiritual direction. She is a trained Stephen Leader and volunteers as a chaplain at Elmwood Correctional Facility. Judy leads WellSpring Lectio Divina and Contemplative Listening groups.

MELINDA KAEWERT completed spiritual direction training at The Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. She is a spiritual director and leads groups and individuals through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

STACEY CHARONNAT received Spiritual Direction training from Mercy Center, Burlingame, as well as advanced training through Sustainable Faith to lead people through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She is also a trained supervisor of spiritual directors through Together in the Mystery. In addition to directing individuals and groups, Stacey is part of the Pastoral Leadership Team at her church where she offers pre-marital and marital mentoring with her husband.

"I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs."
- Isaiah 41:18